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Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-07-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 556
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: 1928 multi disc starter motor

Yes, I was thinking he wanted to change the clutch also. The only way to use a 5/8" drive with a multiplate flywheel is to make sure the outside diameter of the flywheel has the clearance cut for the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-06-2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,309
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Using 85 octane fuel

Anyone with a new flex fuel vehicle that wants to use E-85 take note that the engine life will be cut to only about 65,000 miles. So, there is no savings. It's a waste any way you look at it.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-06-2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 391
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: model a ford wire ga

Not that heavy for the wire.
Bratton's might list the gauge on the wiring picture in their parts catalog.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-06-2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 556
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: 1928 multi disc starter motor

You'll need the 5/8" starter, and everything from the flywheel to the U-joint, including the clutch and brake pedals.
Someone changed my 28 to the 5/8" starter, but someday I'll change it back to...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-06-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,371
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Something is not right!

Too much tow-in means the fronts of the tires need to be spread apart, so since the tie rods are on the rear side of the axle, they need to be made shorter.
I'd try Bert's @ 800-321-1931 or...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-02-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Install generator

If you remove the generator pulley bolt, be sure it's real tight when you finish the job.
I saw one come loose at the national meet about 10 years ago, and it broke the water pump, tore up the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-02-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 965
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Shift Tower & shift lever

Not mine, and I never saw those pictures before. Wish I owned the vertical mill though.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 12-02-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Generator Brush Adjustment

The ground brush is the one with the short bare ground wire, and the closer you move the adjustable brush to the ground brush, the more you LOWER the output. For normal driving, about 2 to 3 amps...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-29-2019, 01:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 513
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Rebuilt Powerhouse will not motor

I have one of those "smart" chargers, and only bought it because it was so cheap at a swap meet. I consider it a stupid charger, and never use it. My Sears 6 amp 6/12 volt with an ammeter is by far...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-29-2019, 12:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 399
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Bolt sizes for condenser

Be sure you use the thick insulating washer, which fits directly against the screw head, or the condenser terminal screw will bottom out before the metal strap is tight, and you may twist the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-29-2019, 12:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 672
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: U Joint Service

Maybe I'm thinking in the wrong terms, but I always think of radial play as the side to side movement, which is how a Model A U joint works.


I think of rotational play as the slop you can feel...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-29-2019, 12:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Model A generators

What Mike said Kurt said. LOL


Too bad Ford didn't use the powerhouse for all the years.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-28-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 965
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Shift Tower & shift lever

Be sure the flywheel cover is dialed in, and be make sure the input shaft bearings are good, as well as the bushing or bearing in the end of the crankshaft (pilot bearing).
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-24-2019, 12:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 830
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Making New Powerhouse Rings!!!!!

Yes, the 3 brush and 5 brush holders do use different size brushes.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-24-2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 536
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: AA 4 speed transmission question .

Also make sure the flywheel cover is dialed in to .006" or less at the 9, 12, and 3 o'clock positions.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-23-2019, 01:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Brake Light Switch Revisited - 1930 Model A

Switch mounting looks correct.
Need to see the other side to find the problem.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-23-2019, 12:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 599
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: 1928 Oil Pan

The dipper tray has baffles, so the pan needs to be removed to clean ALL the sludge, no matter which pan you use.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-23-2019, 12:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 819
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Is a Horn Relay Necessary?

If the horn draws 5 amps, then make sure the switch, wire, and relay (if used) are rated for at least 10 amps. If you use a relay, then the switch and wire to the relay can be rated for less amps...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-22-2019, 11:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Phaeton top clamping bracket - which way is up?

Did your 29 Phaeton happen to come from New Brighton, Minnesota, USA about 12 years ago?
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-15-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 798
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Why wire up brake "dog bone"?

I agree. My 28 is also working fine.
Maybe someone was trying to fix a problem that didn't exist. Seems to happen quite often.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-15-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,199
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Gear ratio

I put a 5.5 head and a 3.27 ring and pinion on my friend's 31 wide bed pickup, and it's the perfect driving machine.
The rest of the engine and pickup is all stock.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-07-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 14,825
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: U-Joint Prepacking

I thought that worthless Photobucket stopped holding people's pictures hostage, but I guess they are back at it again.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 938
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: DId Model "A"s Come With a Spare Tire?

Yep, even in the 70's, the new Chevy pickups only came with a bare wheel, and I installed the tire as part of the dealer prep.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,507
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Mysterious chips in the oil

Probably junk from the rebuild, but at this point the safest thing to do is pull the pan, oil pump, and crankshaft, then thoroughly clean the engine.


Adding a valve cover oil filter would be...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 11-03-2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,847
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: What revs at 60MPH

I would say yes, and for more speed, I'd install 3.27 gears or overdrive.
40 to 45 is an enjoyable speed, but you need to find some good Wisconsin roads for that. Too many fool drivers in Minnesota.
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